The Department of Energy headquarters is seen in an undated file photo. (Getty Images)
The General Services Administration is asking the private sector for ideas on how to redevelop 22 acres of federal office space in Southwest Washington.
In a notice of intent published Friday, GSA said some of the older buildings in the area — including the Energy Department headquarters and the empty Cotton Annex — have high operating costs, a backlog of maintenance and repair projects, and inefficient use of space. The Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Homeland Security and GSA also are housed in the area.
There are also few dining and retail choices in the area, something GSA hopes to change by encouraging broader development of the neighborhood.
The agency said it plans to release a request for information by Dec. 27.
“It looks like our hearings and legislation are finally pushing GSA into action,” Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said in a statement.
Mica and Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., have pushed GSA to redevelop or sell excess and underused property — including holding a hearing in the empty Cotton Annex.